Premier Boys State

Premier Boys State...a week to  shape a lifetime: each year since 1935, The Illinois Department of The American Legion has conducted a week long learning experience into the democratic form of government, called Premier Boys State.  Illinois was the first program in the nation. Premier Boys State offers more than 350 young men who attend a session annually, an opportunity to learn first hand the inner workings of a political party, and to apply this  knowledge in actual practice. We don't guarantee that a young man who attends Premier Boys State will grow up to be successful . . . but we'll give you odds.

*2022 Boys State Fee is $300 Per Student

PREMIER BOYS STATE COMMITTEE The American Legion Premier Boys State Committee shall promote the operation and continuance of Premier Boys State as a program to develop good  citizens by inspiring the youth of Illinois to take a more active and intelligent interest in the operation of government; and shall participate in all arrangement for the Boys State term.


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Chairman: Christopher Benigno

Vice Chairman: Laimutis "Limey" Nargelenas

Executive Director: Christopher Benigno

Finance Officer: Wayne Wagner